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Can wrestling break through at the Islamic Games

By JT - Mar 06,2017 - Last updated at Mar 09,2017

Retired Jordan wrestler Yahya Abu Tabeekh hopes to make an impact as a coach (Photo courtesy of JOC Media Service)

AMMAN — Under the watchful eye of one of Jordan’s greatest ever athletes, there are high hopes from the the new crop of wrestlers, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.

Yahya Abu Tabeekh retired from his glorious career last year following a decade of competing at the very top of the sport.

It was a natural progression to step into coaching and alongside Ra’ed Al Qaisi he is preparing for Jordan wrestling’s first participation at a major multi-sport event under his supervision.

“We have stepped up training to twice per day for two hours each session,” said Abu Tabeekh, who is preparing six wrestlers for the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku from May 12-22.

“I know how fit and strong you need to be to succeed at these tournaments so we are able to prepare the athletes to be ready mentally and physically.”

Qaisi said the Islamic Solidarity Games are an important early step for his athletes to test their current level against tough opponents as they plan for more Asian and World level participation.

“Baku is important for us,” he said. “Some of the best wrestling countries will be participating, so it will be like a semi-World Cup for us. The best in the world will be there so it will be great for our athletes to compete and build their experience.”

Jordan is competing in 11 sports in Baku with around 70 athletes.

 

The wrestlers competing are Ahmad Dahshan, Mustafa Al Qadi, Hamzeh Awd Allah, Sultan Al Damen, Ameer Ishakat and Asem Kharabsheh.

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